Notice: All courts will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.
Notice: As part of our ongoing effort to provide our visitors with the best experience possible, we're preparing to launch the next generation of our website. Please note this site (http://www.philacourts.us) is a Beta version of the new Philadelphia Courts website that is still undergoing final testing before its official release.
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The Courts of Common Pleas are Pennsylvania's courts of general trial jurisdiction. They have existed since the colonial charter of Pennsylvania, and are incorporated in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776. The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County presently consists of ninety (90) judges who are currently assigned as follows: Trial Division, 67; Family Division, 20; and Orphans' Court Division (Estates Law, etc.), 3.
The Court of Common Pleas is supervised by a President Judge who is elected for a five year term by the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas.
Honorable Idee Fox is the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.
The President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas sits on the First Judicial District's Administrative Governing Board, which functions much like a Board of Directors for the District. The Board includes the two president judges, three administrative judges, and the State Court Administrator.
The President Judge has varied authority and responsibilities.
The President Judge:
The President Judge's office is currently located at Room 386 City Hall, and the President Judge may be reached by telephone at Phone: 215 686-8334 and by Fax: 215 567-7328.